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Re: Gov Robert Daniell, of SC, his life
Posted by: Veronica Daniels (ID *****6204) Date: July 15, 2009 at 11:25:33
In Reply to: Re: Gov Robert Daniell, of SC, his life by Donna Drury of 587

Hi Donna!

For me, knowing the history of the surrounding area during the life of a person and their family and other historical facts that might relate to their lives are just as important as knowing about them and their ancestors'/descendants' statistics as well as their siblings and other relatives. This allows me to be able to better relate to their lives and at times, can lead me to discover things about them that I would not have otherwise known - hence the interest in learning about Daniell's (Daniel's) Island and Pariss Island.

Not knowing anything about your knowledge of the founding of Charleston, I apologize in advance if I am telling you what you already know. I don't mean to insult your intelligence. If any of the following information is incorrect, I would appreciate any information that you or others can provide to correct or clairfy it. This is my understanding of the history of the founding of Charleston and what little I know about Daniell's Island and Pariss Island.

Daniell's (I'm not sure if it was really this or simply Daniell, although I do know that it is currently spelled with one "L") Island is the 4,000-acre sea island located about three miles north of Charleston Harbor, between the Cooper and Wando Rivers. While it lies within Berkeley County, it has been annexed by the city of Charleston. It currently is a major planned community that is very popular with some of the locals. I've recently seen some land records that indicate that several of the Daniell family members other than Governor Robert Daniell lived there as adults, or at least owned land on the island, but have not had a chance to investigate further. I also don't know anything about him or his family's life on the island (I assume that as Landgrave, he simply took it), other than he died there and was initially buried there on his plantation. It would be nice to know more.

Pariss Island is located further south in Port Royal Sound, the original destination planned by the Lord's Proprietors for the first settlers of Charleston. The plan was for them to establish their settlement at a spot near present-day Beaufort, but after arriving at the Sound and talking to the local natives, they decided to sail north and settled initially at the spot they called Albemarle Point in April 1670, which was south and west of the Ashley River. In 1677, as the population grew, they decided to move the settlement east and slightly south across the river to the area they called Oyster Point, at the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. Initially, the new settlement was called "Oyster Point Town", but by November 1680, it was known as "New Charles Town". In 1682, the name became "Charles Town, which did not change until after the Revolutionary War in 1783. I aoplogize, but I failed to note the source of this information.

Pariss Island was originally discovered by the French and is the famous Island where the U.S. Marines have trained for many years. It is my understanding that Robert, as Landgrave, selected Pariss Island for himself (again, I apologize for failing to note the source of this information). That's about all I know about Pariss Island. Anything else related to his acquisition, sale, or any developments related to this island during his life before it left the Daniell family would be appreciated.

Thank you.

Veronica


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